Cyber Ninjas Shuts Down After Judge Fines AZ Election Auditor $50K a Day
Cyber Ninjas, a firm hired by the Arizona Senate to audit Maricopa County’s election results, is shutting down after a report slammed the company and a judge ordered it to pay $50,000 a day in fines.
Sam Levine, a reporter for The Guardian, first broke the news on Twitter, saying that CEO “Doug Logan and the rest of the employees have been let go and Cyber Ninjas is being shut down.”
The news came after Maricopa Superior Court Judge John Hannah ordered the firm to turn over public records to The Arizona Republic, including emails and text messages, or face $50,000 in fines per day.
The Arizona state Senate hired Cyber Ninjas to audit the 2020 election in Maricopa County following former President Donald Trump’s claims that the election results were erroneous. The Grand Canyon State was a swing state that President Joe Biden narrowly won.
Cyber Ninjas confirmed Biden’s victory, saying it recounted 2.1 million ballots, but claimed in its September draft report that there were thousands of issues, including duplicate ballots, voters who cast ballots multiple times, and unregistered voters participating in the election.
Maricopa County, the fourth-most populous county in the U.S., released a report this month, citing issues with many of Cyber Ninjas claims, saying that 22 were misleading, 41 were inaccurate, and 13 were false.
The county said there were fewer than 100 questionable ballots, and there were no “systemic issues.”